February 9, 2017

Immigration Executive Order Updates

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and University administrators continue to monitor the status of the presidential executive order banning immigration from certain countries. Current resources and information are available to students and faculty on the ISSS website.

Admissions Outreach

Spring Class Visits for Prospective Students

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions invites Emory College faculty to host visiting students in their Spring classes. The Class Visitation Program is available from Monday, Feb. 13 through Friday, April 21, when hundreds of prospective and admitted high school students are expected to visit campus.

To streamline the process and to limit the numbers of students visiting each class, students will register with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, which will coordinate the process. Faculty and teaching assistants should determine which courses are appropriate for students to visit. Courses at the 100 and 200 levels between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. are ideal, and test days should be avoided.

Interested faculty can complete the online form at https://goo.gl/VnpFb9 by Wednesday, Feb. 15 (deadline extended) to inform Undergraduate Admissions which classes are available for visits.

Dept. Letters for Admitted Students Due March 10

Emory College’s Directors of Undergraduate Studies are invited to provide letters of welcome to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to welcome admitted students who have expressed an interest in individual departments or programs.

Several departments have participated in this admissions recruitment effort in recent years. If you need a copy of a letter previously sent from your department, or a template and letter samples to compose an email for admitted students, please contact Beverly Clark, director of communications for Emory College.

Proactively reaching out to students makes an important difference in the decision of the best students to select Emory, and helps recruit a diverse and talented class. The outreach campaign last spring for admitted students saw positive results: Among admitted regular decision students who received a departmental email, Undergraduate Admissions saw 31.6% yield (students who ultimately enrolled), versus 16-18% yield for those who did not receive an email. Please send completed letters to Daniel Creasy, director of communications for undergraduate admissions, by Monday, Mar.10.

Space Study Update

Following all College departmental planning sessions currently in progress, Dwight Raby, Emory College’s facilities program administrator, will contact department chairs to meet and review the results of the Emory College space study, and share information on how it may affect their departments. For more information, contact Dwight Raby, draby@emory.edu.

Teach-In on the Quad

The Emory community is invited to a “Teach-In on Intellectual Responsibility: Truth and Politics” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, March 24 on the University Quadrangle. Organized by the Emory chapter of the American Association of University Professors in coordination with Arts and Sciences faculty and other units across the university, the event will feature short talks by faculty and students on intellectual responsibility in an era of fake news, alternative facts, and siloed information.

Topics will include: evidence and reason, resistance and the power of ideas, duties and responsibilities, talking across differences, the dangers of silencing dissent and information, and the politicization of science. The organizers invite all those interested in giving a short presentation at the event to contact Tom Rogers, associate professor of history, at tomrogers@emory.edu.

Cascade Department Website Training

The Emory College Office of Communications will hold four upcoming training sessions for Arts and Sciences staff and faculty who maintain department websites. All classes take place in Woodruff Library, Electronic Classroom, Room 314 (across from the Jones Room). Courses include:

  • Cascade Basic Training
    Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-Noon
  • Advanced Cascade Training: “Components and Updating Your Homepage”
    Feb. 28, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cascade Basic Training
    March 16, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Advanced Cascade Training: “Creating Great Looking Interior Pages”
    March 21, 9-11 a.m.

Register for classes on the Emory College Office of Communications website. Contact senior web producer Jill Hennecy with any questions about the training.

Upcoming Deadlines

PERS Grants Deadline March 14

The Program to Enhance Research and Scholarship (PERS) invites proposals from Emory College faculty for seed funding to: support new research, research travel, and other research related activities; for bridge funding; and for matches for equipment grants. A limited amount of funding also is available to presenters at international and national research conferences when the conference presentation will likely seed new research, and in those areas where such funding is not available through external grants.

Full details and the application can be found on the OFRS website.

Cuttino Award for Mentoring Nominations Due February 10

The Cuttino Award, presented each year at Commencement to a member of the Arts and Sciences faculty, is named in honor of the late George Peddy Cuttino, a member of the Emory College history department from 1952 to 1984, who was known among several generations of Emory students not only as a teacher, but also as a guide and counselor beyond the classroom.

The successful recipient of this prestigious award should exhibit a similar record of exceptional mentoring of students. Nominations are welcome from any member of the Emory College faculty. Nominations that are not chosen for the award this year will be held and reconsidered for three years. Nominations should be emailed to Melody Edwards, mdedwa3@emory.edu, Senior Program Coordinator for Faculty Development. More information on faculty award and honors can be found here.

Heilbrun Distinguished Emeritus Fellowship

Named in honor of Alfred B. Heilbrun, Jr., Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology, and funded through a generous gift from his family, this fellowship offers an opportunity for heightened engagement in research and scholarship, and plays an important role in supporting a vibrant Emeritus community.

All Arts and Sciences faculty who achieved emeritus status on or before Sept. 1, 2016 are welcome to apply. The program will support two fellowships in the amount of $10,000 each for a twelve-month term starting September 1. Each Fellow will be afforded exclusive use of a faculty carrel in the Woodruff Library.

Applications should be mailed to The Committee on the Heilbrun Fellowship, c/o Susan Lee, Executive Assistant to the Dean, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Mailstop 1580-002-2AB, 400 Candler Library, 550 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322 and be received by April 4, 2017. An announcement of awards should be forthcoming from the Committee by May 1. For full details on the application and criteria, email Susan Lee.

Canvass Migration

Faculty are reminded that they must migrate their course materials into Canvas before the summer. The University’s Blackboard license will expire in August 2017. To learn more about Canvas and available training classes, visit http://it.emory.edu/canvas/index.html.

Upcoming Meetings

Feb 15, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Emory College Faculty Meeting

Location: White Hall 208

Feb 22, 4:00 - 5:30 PM College Faculty Senate

Location: Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Mar 15, 4:00 - 5:30 PM College Faculty Senate

Location: Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Mar 1, 4:00 - 5:30 PM Department Chairs Meeting

Location: Third Floor, Carlos Museum

Feb 20, 2:00 - 3:30 PM College Department and Program Lead Staff Operations Meeting

Location: Chemistry 360

Agenda will include Kady Weingart, Director of the College and Professional Schools Research Administration Services (CAPS RAS) with an update on the CAPS RAS implementation.

Feb 23, 2:00 - 3:30 PM College Chairs Orientation Session: Funding Opportunities and the Grant Culture

Location: White Hall, Room 200